GRATUITY LIMIT Rs 10,00,000/- OR- Rs20,00,000/-??
Yes Gratuity Limit Is Increased from Rs.10 lakhs to Rs.20 lakhs under section 10(10) of the income tax act, 1961.
Government increases Gratuity exemption limit u/s Section 10(10)(iii) to ₹ 20 lakhs from existing Rs. 10 Lakh vide Notification No. 16/2019 dated 8th March, 2019. This move will benefit those employees of PSUs and other employees not covered by Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.
Limit for employees covered by Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 was already been increased in private sector and in PSUs vide Government of India Notification dated 29.03.2018 under which the gratuity amount ceiling has been increased from Rs.10 lakhs to 20 lakhs w.e.f. 29.3.2018.
APPLICABILITY OF THE AFORESAID LIMIT TO?
The aforesaid limit is applicable to the employees who covered under payment of GRATUITY ACT,1972 and those employees who retire or become incapacitated prior to such retirement or die on or after the 29th day of March, 2018 March, or whose employment is terminated on or after the said date.
FOR EMPLOYEES WHO RETIRED ON OR AFTER 29-03-2018 AND FILED INCOME TAX IN THE AY 2018-2019?
In view of the aforesaid, those taxpayers who have received the gratuity during 29.03.2018 to 31.03.2018 and have filed their income tax returns for AY 2018-19 by claiming only Rs.10,00,000/- as exemption u/s 10(10) of the Income Tax Act, should revised their return of income to claim the benefit of the revised limit even if their return of income have been processed by the CPC.
EXEMPTION UNDER SECTION 10(10) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT, 1961?
The least of the following is exempt from tax:
- Last salary (BASIC + DA)* number of years of employment* 15/26;
- Rs. 20 lakhs (which has been hiked from Rs. 10 Lakh as per the amendment);
- Gratuity Actually received
LET US UNDERSTAND THIS IMPACT THROUGH AN ILLUSTRATION:
The last salary drawn by Rohan is Rs.1 Lakh per month (basic + DA). He is entitled to receive a gratuity of Rs. 11 Lakhs. He has been in employment for the last 19 years and 7 months.
|Sr. No.||Particulars||Previously||As Amended|
|1||Last drawn salary (Basic + DA)||1 lakh||1 lakh|
|Number of years of employment||20 (will be rounded off)||20 (will be rounded off)|
|2||Maximum exemption allowed||10 lakhs||20 lakhs (as amended)|
|3||Gratuity actually received||11 lakhs||11 lakh|
|Amount of exemption (least of the above)||10 lakhs||11 lakhs|
- 15 days salary based on the salary last drawn for every completed year of service or part thereof i.e. 15/26.
- Number of years in service is rounded off to the nearest full year.
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